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New & Noteworthy News!


This summer we've hiked in a forest, swam in a river, combed the beach for shells
and dove into the ocean. But if we want to go to a tropical rainforest somewhere near the equator, we'll need an airplane. So let's fly to Costa Rica to hear howler monkeys screeching, macaws playing overhead and blue morpho butterflies flitting from tree to tree.

Lush green forests there cover only seven percent of the earth’s land, but more than half the world’s plants and animals live in four different layers: From top to bottom they are:
Emergents, where tops of trees rise above the canopy as high as 200 feet;
Canopy filled with an incredible amount of animals because of its thick leafy environment;
Understory, a darker environment, made up of smaller trees over the ground;
Forest floor, covered with leaf litter, where fungi and insects thrive.

If you want to learn more about this remarkable ecosystem and its creatures,
go to www.rainforest-alliance.org/programs/education

And, of course, I hope you will read my book, "Over in the Jungle, A Rainforest Rhyme", again enjoying Jeanette Canyon's vibrant clay creations, just like in "Over in the Ocean." and now this book is an awesome app too!

Click on the cover to get to Amazon.com.

P.S. Where should we travel to next week?

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